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Pack had been teaching Yoga for more than a decade when he noticed he and many of his students were losing hard won gains after returning to their desk jobs between classes. Determined to prevent a family history of debilitating arthritis from robbing him of mobility as well, Pack first moved all his office and musical equipment to the floor to keep stretching all day. Pack's first iteration of what is now the Soul Seat emerged from perching a floor-like platform on an old task chair he found discarded along Broadway Blvd in Columbia. Pack's passion for well designed tools led him through numerous subsequent designs with the help of local talent and early fans.

Introducing our new Rep for the New York City area

Introducing our New York City Rep
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History of the Slouch

Chair3 409x1024 Our latest Infographic.  Layout: Sarah Redohl Storylab.com
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Floor Culture and healthy sleeping make a hospital debut.

image5 01 resized 246x300  Floor Culture pioneer,Kyle Salter The first thing you notice about Kyle Salter (after his height) is how impeccably dressed he is, always a suit, tie and tasty kerchief masterly folded into the pocket of his tailored suits.  His easy smile and genuine curiosity completes the picture,  then you notice he's sporting a man-bun.  Kyle is one of those folks whose confidence and poise let him pull off just about anything he chooses.  This came in handy recently when he became one of our latest ambassadors for floor culture at the Santa Monica Hospital. The greatest satisfaction from building and promoting the Soul Seat is seeing the change in people's lives as they incorporate the tools we've developed.  Kyle Salter's recent experience demonstrates that the benefits to be had from the Soul Seat lifestyle can be realized well before ever owning one.  I had the pleasure of meeting Kyle on a recent trip to LA while helping my daughter Zoe get through a tonsillectomy.  He and Zoe began dating earlier this year, and he took time off from work to join me in the surgery's waiting room.   After confirming our mutual Zoe fan club status, we got to talking about my floor sleeping regimen for the past two years. I have a number of tall friends who swear the only way they can get a good night's sleep is to lie on their stomach.  Kyle confirmed that this was true for him as well.  He was intrigued that I've rehabbed my tight psoas muscles by sleeping primarily on the floor.  Later on, I showed him a few of the postures I use, explained how I gradually transitioned to less and less padding as my flexibility and comfort increased. Within a couple of days, Kyle had transferred his sleeping to the floor, sending out photos of his pallet beside his conventional bed.  In fact, so thoroughly had he embraced the benefits of this new approach to sleeping, he wasn't willing to backtrack even for one night in a hospital. During Zoe's second week of recovery she had to spend the night...
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Interview with Tron Jordheim

Tronheadshot Tron Jordheim, author, VP of Marketing for Storage Mart For this interview we visit Tron in his office at Storage Mart where he is settled comfortably on a Soul Seat.  Scattered around the office are a version of a kneeling chair, and a conventional office task chair. Pack Matthews: Hi Tron.  How about we start with a brief description of your current work. Tron Jordheim: I'm the VP of marketing at Storage Mart.  I also run a subsidiary that's a call center, so I spend a lot of time sitting at my desk combing through reports, doing correspondence, things like that, so I spend hours and hours sitting during the day in my office.  So I'm one of the "sitters". P: I see that you've got some wear on your Soul Seat.  How long have you been using it? Are you about ready for a reupholster job? Tron: I don't know, about a year and a half.  I move it up and down a lot.  But I've only got one little nick on it.  And sometimes I sit on it with my shoes on, which probably isn't good and sometimes I'll kick 'em off.  I'll move my perch up and down depending on what I feel like doing. P:  From your own experience, when you first saw the Soul Seat, what made you willing to try it?  You've had prior experience with alternative seating, so to speak.  Right here in your office you've got a kneeling chair, a Soul Seat and a conventional chair. T: We've got a couple of Ball Chairs in the office that I got for people 'cause they're super cheap and people like 'em. P: And you've acknowledged that the Soul Seat is a weird looking chair.  It's kind of odd. T: Right. P: Can you remember what was going through your head?  Because not everyone gets a chance to sit on it.  We don't have store fronts around the country.  How would you describe that first encounter with the Soul Seat? T:  Well, I've been struggling with office chairs for as long as I've been...
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Interview with Soul Seater Laura Schopp

Laura Schopp interview Laura Schopp is the director of a workplace wellness program in the Midwest.  She's responsible for developing training programs and facilitates culture change initiatives for an organization of over 13,000 employees.  I met her at her department offices recently for this interview.  The last time I visited, her Aeron chair had been relegated to the corner.  Now it was gone completely, replaced by a treadmill desk.  At her main desk she was perched comfortably on her Soul Seat with its Sheepskin slipcover she had us custom produce for her. Pack Matthews: Tell me again the story of how you discovered the Soul Seat. L: Well I was in Good Nature shopping for gifts one day and I saw this really strange looking thing which I finally concluded was a sitting device.  So I got on and immediately decided, “I have to have one of these” ‘Cause I had really been struggling for the last several years with back pain.  Too much sitting at work.  As soon as I sat on it I thought, “this might take a little getting used to but this is where I need to be.  So I was lucky, I was able to order a Soul Seat, get it customized and it’s met my needs ever since.  I don’t have the back pain I used to have with how I was sitting at work.  It’s just been terrific!  I thought it was fantastic that you were able be so helpful with me in making sure that the customization was just right, and I’ve been nothing but delighted with it ever since. P:  Didn’t you purchase it through your flex-spend account? L: After I had tried the Soul Seat on loan for a little while, I became convinced that this was going to be helpful to me in addition to other things that I can do for myself.  So I talked with my doctor and she prescribed me a Soul Seat.  And I’m so glad she did because I was then able to be reimbursed through the flexible spending plan.  That also allowed me to...
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